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  • Caring For All Animals
    All animals deserve compassionate veterinary care. Call today.
  • Stem Cell Therapy
    We are pleased to be the first veterinary hospital in the Capital District to offer stem cell therapy for dogs and cats.
    Please call 518-399-5213 and make an appointment for more information.
  • Pulse Wave Therapy
    The high-energy sound waves stimulate cells and release healing growth factors in the body.
    Reduce inflammation, swelling, increase blood flow, help bones heal, and enhance wound healing.
  • Dentistry / Dental Care
    Dental disease is considered the number one disease entity in mature pets. Potential issues for your pet may include gingivitis, periodontal disease, malocclusions, fractured teeth and oral tumors.
  • Acupuncture
    ·Pain Relief
    ·Regulation of Gastrointestinal Motility
    ·Anti-inflammatory effect
    ·Hormone and reproductive regulation
    ·Anti-febrile effect; microcirculation promotion
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Welcome to Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital

Your Veterinarian In Upstate NY Capital District


The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) sets veterinary standards that member hospitals adhere to and utilize to create a clean, safe, efficient, and effective hospital for client’s pets. Accreditation by AAHA means that our hospital has been examined and evaluated against the standards written and agreed upon by AAHA members, and been found to be adhering to the standards:  cleanliness, record keeping, quality assurance protocols, emergency procedures, medical waste management, surgery, sterility, consistency and quality of radiology, laboratory testing, hospitalized animal care, advanced diagnostic procedures, and continual education. We are proud to acknowledge that our AAHA accreditation has just been renewed for another three-year period.  Our clients and their pet families can know that not only will they find a clean, caring, compassionate environment for themselves, they will also experience the best in veterinary diagnostics, medicine and surgery.

Check out our very own Dr. Falls demonstrating what takes place and what doctors are looking for during your cats physical exam.
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If you live in Burnt Hills or the surrounding area in NY, then you have picked the perfect site to find a veterinarian. All 11 of our licensed veterinarians, treat all types of pets and animals. Your pet's health and well being is very important to us and we will take every step to give your pet the best possible care.

Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital is a full service animal hospital and will take both emergency cases as well as less urgent medical, surgical, and dental issues.  All of our doctors are experienced in all types of conditions and treatments. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and a very calm environment so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting his or her own Burnt Hills veterinarian.

We have a number of resources for you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Browse around and look at our articles and pet videos. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention. If you want to ask a question call        518-399-5213 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Burnt Hills veterinary office is very easy to get to, and you can find directions on our Contact Us page. You can also subscribe to our newsletter which is created especially for Burnt Hills pet owners. In between your veterinary visits, your pet will benefit from you reading these free informative articles.

At Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital, we treat your
pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Peter Farrell
Dr. Michael Rach
Dr. Keith Clement
Dr. Beverly Blinn-Knapp
Dr. David Chico
Dr. Matthew Duemler
Dr. Stephen Godin
Dr. Heidi Gordon 
Dr. Chris Elson

Dr. Emily Falls
Dr. Casey DiCioccio      

 Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital | 518-399-5213

145 Goode Street
Burnt Hills, NY 12027

Call us at 518-399-5213 to schedule an appointment!

Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Heidi Gordon

    Dr. Heidi Gordon grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. While growing up she cared for and fell in love with many family pets. She also worked at her Uncle's kennels and joined him at obedience shows with his golden retrievers. Dr. Gordon studied Environmental Science as an undergraduate at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She then worked in the Pacific Northwest for a few years in the environmental field. Dr. Gordon also worked in a research lab at Oregon Health Sciences University that studied nerve regeneration.  Her love for animals led her to return to Georgia to purse a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia. She graduated in May, 2003.

    After graduating from veterinary school Dr. Gordon completed a yearlong internship in Rochester, NY. During her internship she had additional training with specialists, general practitioners, and in emergency medicine. Dr. Gordon relocated to the Capital District during the summer of 2004 to be closer to her husband's family. She joined the Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital at that time. Dr. Gordon enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice including internal medicine, dermatology, and surgery.  She especially loves helping people find the best possible treatment plans for their pets. 

        In her free time Dr. Gordon enjoys being outdoors hiking, camping, and spending time with her family. She also shares her home with three sweet pets, a dog and two cats. 

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  • Dr.
    Emily Falls

    Dr. Emily Falls

    Dr. Falls grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and will always be a southerner at heart. She attended Emory College for her undergraduate studies and earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia in 2013. As a student, Dr. Falls did and internship at the BHVH and in 2016 she became a permanent part of the BHVH family. 

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  • Dr.
    Peter Farrell

    Dr. Peter Farrell started his veterinary career at the Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital in June 1982 right after graduation.  Burnt Hills and Saratoga County were still very much a farming community then.  Dr. Stan Garrison had established the hospital to serve both farm animals and pets.  Active milking dairies were everywhere.  Horse farms and backyard horses were too.  It felt like a scene right out of James Herriot’s book “All Creatures Great and Small”.  Now, 37 years later, the hospital has evolved into the Capital District’s largest and finest small animal general practice.

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  • Dr.
    Michael Rach

    Dr. Michael Rach received his DVM degree from Cornell University in 1982.  He feels it is an honor to be a veterinarian and remains forever grateful for this challenging and rewarding profession.

         Dr. Rach and Dr. Farrell were classmates at Cornell and have worked side by side ever since graduation.  Together they have grown the Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital to become a center for compassionate care for the pets and families of their community.

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  • Dr.
    Keith Clement

    Dr. Clement grew up on a small farm in western Massachusetts where he gained his love of animals, both large and small. After high school, he attended the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelors of Animal Science. Dr. Clement was accepted to the New York College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and graduated in 1989. 

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  • Dr.
    Beverly Blinn-Knapp

    Dr. Blinn-Knapp was born in Westerly, RI and moved to the Capital District with her family as a young child. She loved animals from an early age and always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Dr. B-K is a graduate of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. She got an AAS in Equine Husbandry from SUNY Cobleskill, and then transferred to Cornell for a BS in Animal Science. She received her veterinary degree from Cornell. While at Cornell, she worked in the Reproductive Physiology Dept. for five years, and was also selected as a member of the Small Animal Crew to work in the Small Animal Clinic.

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  • Dr.
    David M. Chico

    Dr. Chico received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.  He continued his education and received his Master of Public Health degree from the University at Albany in 2008 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2010. In addition to working part time at Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital, where he enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, Dr. Chico also works for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets as Field Staff Supervisor and Emergency Preparedness Manager.

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  • Dr.
    Matthew Duemler

    Matt was born and raised in Perth NY on a small hobby farm with all kinds of pets. He attended Broadalbin Perth School where he played Baseball, Basketball and Soccer. Matt continued his education at St. Lawrence University where he majored in Neuro Science and spent countless hours shadowing area veterinarians. While at SLU, Matt studied abroad in Denmark. Here he had the opportunity to experience veterinary medicine on an international level. 

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  • Dr.
    Chris Elson

    Dr. Chris Elson, DVM, CVA, CVCP, graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 1995.  In 2007, he sold his practice and came to work at Burnt Hills. 

    He lives with thirty cats, seven dogs and one wife.  He and his wife have bred Bengal cats, because they love their energy and personality.

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  • Dr.
    Stephen Godin

    Dr. Godin grew up in Tupper Lake, NY. His many family pets helped to spark an interest in veterinary medicine.    Following High School Dr. Godin attended SUNY Canton enrolling in the Veterinary Technician program. He finished his undergraduate education at Cornell University with a bachelors of Animal Science.

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  • Dr.
    Casey DiCioccio

    Dr. Casey DiCioccio grew up in Clinton, NY surrounded by dogs, cats, horses, and cows. She became a veterinarian because she has always had a passion for helping pets and their people. 

    She attended the University of Findlay in Ohio for her undergraduate education as a dual major in Animal Science/Pre-Vet and Biology. She then attended Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine for her doctorate degree. Dr. Casey's professional interests include dermatology, internal medicine and preventative medicine.
    Dr. Casey lives in Troy with her Aussie mix, Border Collie mix, and cat. They never fail to brighten her day! Her personal interests include horse riding, live music, drinking coffee, enjoying nature and playing with her dogs and cat.


Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Hi, my name is Maggie M. and I am a 9 year-old Poodle mix. I first met Dr. Clement in September of 2008 to be evaluated for stem cell therapy. After years of steroid therapy for severe allergies all of my joints had severe inst ability and arthritis. I was so painful that the ball of my left hip joint had to be removed and my left wrist had recently been surgically fused. For the past five months I have been unable to walk and my mom has had to carry me everywhere."
    Maggie's Story
  • "My name is Charlene Hubbley. I have a 6-year-old German Shepherd named "Heidi". As a young adult, Heidi liked to go on long walks and play in the back yard. As she neared 6 years of age, I noticed that she didn't want to stand, she always laid down. She didn't do well on her walks and got tired very quickly. She started to drag her knuckles on her back feet. She was unable to jump on our bed and had trouble getting in and out of the car. I consulted with Dr. Clement and he recommended putting her on Glycoflex (Joint
    Lubricant). After trying this medication for a month, her discomfort level only progressed. After consulting with Dr. Farrell, he recommended x-rays of her back and hips."
    Heidi's Amazing Story

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